Update 3/21/13: The poll is now open. Let the voting begin!
The road to the nineteenth annual edition of the Westword Music Showcase is officially being paved. While we've already announced some of the acts appearing on the Main Stage this year, below are the acts appearing on this year's Showcase ... More >>
SHAMROCK & ROLL @ VIEWHOUSE | SAT, 3/16/13
With St. Paddy's Day happening this weekend, there's a ton to do. If you're looking for something holiday-centric, you obviously have plenty of options. But you really can't do much better than our free show, Shamrock & Roll, at the Viewhouse tomorrow after ... More >>
Il Cattivo formed when veterans of the punk and metal scenes in Denver came together to form a band that wasn't trying to fit distinctly in an already established rock subgenre. The five piece band sounded like it had been influenced by post-punk crossover bands like the Cult but also the metallic, ... More >>
The hi-dive is in the process of changing hands. Rest easy, though: We know the new owners, and we like them. A lot. And trust us: So do you. Like the place they're taking over, these dudes and their investors have got plenty of history in the scene, from playing in countless bands and booking shows ... More >>
Tom MurphyThe Swayback and friends covering "Smells Like Teen Spirit"One of the obvious highlights of last night's exceptional Nirvana covers celebration in honor Nevermind's 20th anniversary was when Eric Halborg of The Swayback told us we knew the words to the third song the band played and invite ... More >>
Tom MurphyMercuria and the Gem StarsUMS on S. BROADWAY | 07/23-24/11An especially hot summer day made navigating various venues an enervating experience, not to mention the humid heat indoors at times. Nevertheless, it didn't seem to dampen anyone's spirits in performing the music, even in th ... More >>
Marie Litton has always had such a lovely voice. It was a sad day for all of us when Ghost Buffalo broke up a few years ago. Inevitably, though, as is typical with these sorts of things, we ended up with two great bands as a result of the split, Il Cattivo -- which features Jed Kopp and Mat ... More >>
with Il Cattivo
12.31.10 | Gothic Theater
Around 9 p.m., the safety videos started up and it looked and sounded like something straight out of Wonder Showzen. Puppets and people in a gorilla and a robot costume interacted as they would on a warped, faux kids ... More >>
Folks hoping to see TaunTaun at the Anthrax show earlier this week at Summit Music Hall were likely disappointed. We'd heard rumors that the band had parted ways. Turns out, TaunTaun, initially slated to open for the thrash metal icons, had actually dropped off the bill due to a scheduling co ... More >>
Aaron ThackerayMatty Clark, beer slinger and drink-maker at Lost Lake Lounge.By Matty Clark, bartender at Lost Lake Lounge (3602 East Colfax Avenue) in Denver.
The bartender doesn't actually hate you. Bartending is a stressful, complicated job that requires dealing with human beings at their ... More >>
UMS Travelogue, Night Thee
7.24.10 | Baker District/South Broadway
There's been no shortage of buzz surrounding Air Dubai: Though it has yet to hit the national stage, round these parts we've already as good as coronated the band successor to Flobots. Though the acoustics were terrible in the Im ... More >>
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Wheel Variety ShowSaturday, December 12, 2009Bluebird TheaterBetter Than: The V Ultimate Variety show featuring Wally Eastwood. An estimated 48 musicians took part in the third annual Nathaniel
Rateliff and the Wheel variety show on Saturday night. All of them
played br ... More >>
Doug BeamIan Cooke
Ian Cooke Band, Alan Alda, Tauntaun
Better than: Seeing three of Denver's most dynamic and promising bands in three separate venues.
It was challenging to find obvious common threads in the three performances at the Bluebird on Friday night. Separately, ... More >>
David BarberJohn Baxter and Matty Clark in the fleshThe picture above pretty much tells the tale of last night's Westword Music Showcase Awards -- drunk and debaucherous. Everyone (well, we think everyone -- we didn't exactly take a formal poll or anything) had a pretty swell time. Hugs were smiles ... More >>
Photo by David BarberJohn Baxter and Matty Clark play skins and skins.
In the flesh.
Today in Backbeat Online:
• Westword Music Showcase Awards Wrap Up.
• Q&A with Asher Roth.
• Deejay Diabolic competing to spin at Lollapalooza.
• Fake Problems cancels Larimer Lounge date.
• Tickle Me Pi ... More >>
Photo by Soren McCartyTauntaun, Kingdom of Magic and Wetlands
Friday, March 6, 2009
Better than: banging your head against your steering wheel
Friday night's Bluebird crowd came prepared to rock, and they certainly
weren't disappointed. As metal reasserts itself in the mainstream
D ... More >>
Photo by Tony GallagherWell, it's finally here. Almost a year after offering up a sneak peek of the music being made by Tauntaun, the defacto supergroup profiled in this week's issue, led by former Gamits frontman Chris Fogal and featuring Ian O'Dougherty, Matty Clark and Dave Barker, the outfit is ... More >>
Mike Herrera (from left), Matty Clark, Ryan Kelly and Josh Friedman were SleeperHorse. (Nolan Aldridge not pictured.)It comes with great displeasure that we bring you news of another good Denver band hitting the rocks. Despite a blog post on its MySpace page from October of last year insisting other ... More >>